Tyler Chen is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist musician, audio engineer, music/video/media producer, web/graphic designer, photographer, UX/UI specialist, and marketing consultant.
Tyler is best known around the world as the hard-hitting drummer and backup vocalist for the critically acclaimed bands: The Slants, Silversafe and Redshift. He has performed across the globe, headlining showcases at festivals such as SXSW, MusicfestNW, and New Music West, and has shared the stage with groups such as Puddle of Mudd, Saliva, Powerman 5000, Hurt, The Exies, Nonpoint, Metal Church, Men Without Hats, Shonen Knife, Mindless Self Indulgence and Alien Ant Farm. Along with his bands, he has been featured on Conan O’Brien’s Team Coco, BBC, CNN, Entertainment Weekly, NPR, NBC, IFC TV, Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Huffington Post, MTV, TEDx, and over 1,500 radio stations, TV shows, magazines, and websites across 82 countries, and proudly endorses Ahead Drumsticks, Allegra Drums, Gibson, Fender, Orange Amplifiers, Dunlop, Seymour Duncan, PreSonus, and Audix Microphones.
Even before graduating with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Audio Engineering, Media Production and Marketing from The Evergreen State College, Tyler had begun working as a freelancer. Since 2000, he has provided marketing, advertising, web development, design, video production, UX/UI, audio engineering, and photography services to numerous small and large businesses across the Northwest.
Tyler worked in higher education for 14 years. 4 years were spent at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA where he helped the institution reach record enrollment numbers through his work as a Student Admissions Coordinator in The Office of Admissions, and helped finish a complete overhaul of the school’s website, implementing a new web template while working on the Web Team for the Office of College Relations. During his 10 years at Clark College in Vancouver, WA he worked for The Office of Instruction and eLearning Department where his most notable accomplishment was leading the design and implementation of their first eCatalog (saving the college more than $30,000 each catalog cycle), and implementing their college-wide Diversity Plan as a member of the Cultural Pluralism Committee and International Education Committee.
Tyler demonstrated that he was a true “Jack-of-all-Trades” when he left his full-time job in 2014 to enter the world of real estate investment (while still balancing his work as a touring musician and freelancer), fully renovating a dilapidated 1930s Craftsman Style Bungalow and successfully acting as his own property manager for both his vacation rentals and long-term rentals.
He and his wife currently reside in Seattle, Washington and are in the process of working towards their next large entrepreneurial enterprise.